Docent in the Spotlight Spring 2014

Iris Godbout (center) with an elementary class


A fan of the environment, kids, numbers, books, and theater, Iris Godbout has successfully blended her many personal interests with community service. As a conservancy volunteer, she is able to meet her environment and kid interests. As a volunteer accountant at the Encinitas Senior Center, Iris fulfills her numbers ‘fix.’ A model retiree, Iris still finds time to usher at the North Coast Repertory Theatre and volunteer at the Friends of Encinitas Library book store.

After teaching water conservation to elementary students for the City of Encinitas for 20 years, Iris was undaunted by leading school groups when she began as a conservancy docent in 2009. Iris notes: “I especially love teaching the kids who come from Escondido... they are so appreciative of the opportunity to visit, and I am always surprised when I hear students say they have never seen the ocean.”

A native of Honduras, Iris has proven especially helpful utilizing her bilingual skills, serving as translator for some of our school and public programs. A Cardiff resident for 27 years, and a fan of nature, sunshine, sand, and surf, Iris is grateful to live in such a wonderful community.

We at the conservancy are grateful for her generosity through her committed volunteerism. Come tax season, however, don’t expect to see Iris on the trails—she will be busy crunching numbers for senior residents of Encinitas!